Saturday, July 05, 2014

another love

(Rocky Balboa, 1976)

"i wanna cry and i wanna learn to love
but all my tears have been used up
another love, another love
all my tears have been used up."
(Tom Odell - Another Love, 2012)
what's this 'another love' which we seek?  what's wrong with the love the world has to offer?  trying to kick it up a notch in my ministry, next week i'm off to the International Conference on the Theology of the Body, in Philidelphia, PA.

as someone mentioned to me the other day, i will also seek out and eat a few Philly Cheesesteaks.  and, as Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassatti (yesterday) always encourages to do, verso l'alto, always higher, i look forward in running up the Rocky stairs with Ted Hurley (who will win this race?)!

so, what is Theology of the Body?
"... Broken families, abortion, contraception, Internet pornography, clergy abuse, homosexual marriage - our Church and world is in the midst of a profound sexual crisis.  Is there a way out?" (West, 2004)
as we prepare to underline the family in a new way this year - Synod of Bishops in October on the Family -, on how to build strong families today, to support and encourage them with God in Our Lord Jesus Christ, i very much look foward in this conference!  though i lived in Pittsburgh for about 1.5 years, i have never visited Philly yet.  so, in his book (my prep for next week) - Theology of the Body for Beginners:  A Basic Introduction to Pope John Paul II's Sexual Revolution - Christopher West is helping us understand, is helping me understand another Love (our union with God in Our Lord Jesus Christ).  In it he explores the profound  interconnections between sex and the deepest questions of human existence, including:
  • what is the meaning of life?
  • why did God create us male and female?
  • how de we attain true happiness on earth?
  • what kind of joys await us in heaven?
  • why is there evil in the world and how do we overcome it?
  • how can we experience the love ( = another love) we long for in the depth of our hearts?
pray for us who will be attending the conference.  follow the conference via @2014TOBCongress, and, of course, stay tuned to a few pictures, and possibly some real-time tweeting (@jsblake) during the talks.


ps:  q? blogging again?  a! i hope so!  see you soon.

pss:  another love is "a song about an individual’s turmoil; wishing to show their affection to their partner, yet weighed down by lingering feelings of distrust and sadness from a previous relationship. It is implied that the relationship suffers from this constant comparison through both the rhyming couplets of the song and the building atmosphere of the music (!"  i like the Zwette remix, and there is also the American release version (2013), but the original (2012) is better.  both videos offer a different interpretation to the song.  here's the original:

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